Lovely Laikipia- Northern Kenya trip highlights.

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A small collection from a recent trip to the Laikipia region in Northern Kenya............far away from the madding crowds of the Mara ;)


Carried to safety

A lioness carries one of her two 4 week old cubs away from a herd of buffalo that caught scent of her densite, acting quickly she grabbed the noisier female first and then came back for her son.
A tense scene played out and it was touch and go if she could come back in time to save the male before an inquisitive bull buffalo started to move in closer, luck was on her side and she managed to move both in time and then subsequently relocated them even further away in a second move.
In all my 35 years of visiting Africa, this was only the third time I have had the special privilege to witness a lioness carrying her young, what a day!!

Nikon D5
Nikkor 80-400 AF-S
1/800s
f/5.6
ISO 720@ 400mm.

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Ele generational procession.

Leading the procession we have the bull, then an adult female and her older daughter and young mischievous son complete with trunk in the air! Above the bull are a trio of squabbling Anteater Chat. This gives a good indication as to the size of a mature bull to a mature female, a massive difference! It took over an hour and a lot of patience to capture all four progressively sized with clear separation and to a wonderful late afternoon sky, what a joy to witness!

Nikon D5
Nikkor 80-400 AF-S
1/1000s
f/5.6
ISO 180@ 116mm.

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Rush hour

Pink flamingo rush hour! Captured early morning from a Super Cub fixed wing aircraft which is capable of flying at speeds as low as 40kmh making an ideal platform to photograph these beautiful birds.
Lake Bogoria/Rift Valley- Kenya.

Nikon D5
Nikkor 80-400 AF-S
1/2000s
f/5.6
ISO 500@ 400mm.

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Martha...........hold still !!

It was the breeding season after all. :D
On this day I counted a "tower" of 72 Giraffe with the males all having but one thing on their mind.

Nikon D500
Nikkor 80-400 AF-S
1/1000s
f/6.3
ISO 250@ 400mm.

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Zebra sentinel

Nikon D5
Nikkor 80-400 AF-S
1/500s
f/10
ISO 1250@ 400mm.

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The widow maker

Under a rising full moon, this bull buffalo had horns much wider than normal, closer to 4 1/2 feet than the usual 3 ft. An impressive boss rack for sure!

Nikon D500
Nikkor 400 f/2.8E FL VR
1/500s
f/4
ISO 6400@ 400mm.

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Backs to the wall

Sensing my presence, but with poor eyesight, this mother and baby White Rhino go into a classic "backs to the wall" defensive stance.

Nikon D5
Nikkor 80-400 AF-S
1/1600s
f/11
ISO 900@ 400mm.

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Rim lit pride male

Nikon D810
Nikkor 400 f/2.8E FL VR
1/800s
f/4
ISO 800@ 400mm.

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Lioness sunrise

A lioness sits and contemplates another beautiful sunrise.
With no one around and getting the nod from my guide, I slowly snuck out and captured this pair whilst lying underneath my vehicle.

Nikon D5
Nikkor 80-400 AF-S
1/250s
f/9
ISO 100@ 130mm.

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Kickin' the dirt

A bull ele, uses his foot as a garden spade to kick up the succulent new grass shoots.

Nikon D5
Nikkor 80-400 AF-S
1/1250s
f/6.3
ISO 280@ 120mm.

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Cheers
Marc
 
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Great images and commentary, lovely to see and especially love the Elephant kicking up the shoots and th Flamingo shot :)
 
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Wonderful chronicle of your trip to Kenya. I was going to add that I love the elephant walk, and zebra sentinel best ...but going back again and again...I see something I like in just about everyone of your images. Addition of commentary and camera settings was a bonus. D500 at 6400 iso? Impressive!
By the way..I think that this should be part of a travel blog if it isn't already..
 

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